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by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1398

Re: Existence

'What exists' and 'what is real' are not the same. ''What exists' is what can be measured, ascertained, photographed, recorded, and so on. But 'existence' itself is simply a momentary aspect of the totality - and the totality is what is real. Reality includes everything you can see, know, think abou...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...
Replies: 9
Views: 281

Re: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...

What is ‘second noble truth’, causes of suffering? [Hint: single word, begins with ‘t’.]
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...
Replies: 9
Views: 281

Re: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...

...it’s only because it hadn’t been discovered at the time.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

Is that Catholic doctrine? Bishop Ussher, who devised that time line, is an exemplar of 'young-earth creationism'. I had the idea that the Catholics had long since abandoned that notion.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

SonamGyatso wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:03 am
I think that this is true on a quantum level.
I read Tao of Physics in the 1970's. I recommend it.
SonamGyatso wrote: I had to abandon Christianity because of what they believed about the coming-about of the universe,
And what was that?
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Helpful Devadatta?
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Helpful Devadatta?

Hey I really like devdutt's website, regardless of the merits of that particular article. He seems a really interesting dude.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2139

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

sorry, that was me. I generally do report stuff but I just made a comment in the thread on this occasion. Anyway thanks for fixing it.
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Buddhist philosophy and ontology seems to be beyond scientific work, right?

I too have been very interested in these questions for a long time. Actually I discovered Buddhism because of my interest in popular Eastern books and teachers when I was much younger, and the Buddhist ones seemed to be the best of them. So I embarked on studying comparative religion and philosophy ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Lotus Sutra Media
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Lotus Sutra Media

Great thread, Q. I too am a jazz muso, amateur, self-taught, but not bad, I would like to think. I have a treasured collection of standards which I am pleased to be able to sit down and play at my recently-acquired piano. And also I am trying to create a collection of just such talks, chants, liturg...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2139

Re: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?

Yes, the post is quite understandable. My response to the question is, that the guru role is mainly important in Tibetan traditions, as I understand it. It is not really emphasised in Theravada cultures, and in East Asian traditions, though there are certainly masters, roshis, and esteemed teachers,...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2139

Re: Is it rare to spew don’t time with you guru?

Actually I think it might have been an auto-correct typo that was intended to be written as 'spend time with', but it comes across poorly :(

If one of the mods would be so kind......
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1398

Re: Existence

Wayfarer wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:20 am
I think, in Abhidharma, 'what exists' all boils down to what can be understood as the Five Skandhas.
Regarding the question in the OP, see The All Also have a look at the other suttas mentioned in the footer.
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it rare to spend time with your guru?
Replies: 60
Views: 2139

Re: Is it rare to spew don’t time with you guru?

the title of this thread is incomprehensible.
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How to develop faith?
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: How to develop faith?

Believing in the practice, not necessarily some divine beings. The word 'divine' is descended from the Indian word, 'deva'. And while the Buddha is not a deva, not 'a divine being', the Buddha is still 'lokuttara' meaning 'world-transcending' or 'above the world'. And there's not really anything th...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How to develop faith?
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: How to develop faith?

One thing that was explained to me when I first encountered Buddhism, is that the word for faith in Buddhism is 'sraddha' which is derived from 'placing your heart upon'. It is more like confidence in the principles, the teacher, and those who embody it, rather than a 'compulsory belief' per se. In ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1398

Re: Existence

don’t they? isn’t that what the texts say?
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1398

Re: Existence

I think, in Abhidharma, 'what exists' all boils down to what can be understood as the Five Skandhas. And - they're empty. :smile:

Next question?
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Feel like an interchangeable cog
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Feel like an interchangeable cog

Don't feel bad. Work may be valuable in ways that aren't obvious, and besides, making an income is a practical necessity. I have been through many similar periods myself, on my son's birth certificate, father's occupation is listed as Taxi Driver. Man that was the ultimate boring pointless occupatio...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Madhyamika Book
Replies: 15
Views: 630

Re: Favorite Madhyamika Book

K Venkata Ramanan ‘Nāgārjuna’s Philosophy’ - translation of Chinese MMK with commentary.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Greetings!

Well, what comes to mind are some reviews and essays. What Meditation can do for us, and what it can’t - Adam Gopnk reviews Robert Wright, New Yorker David Loy reviews Stephen Bachelor’s Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. Another review by B. Alan Wallace . Bhikkhu Bodhi reviews Bachelor’s Buddhism ...

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